The Ministry of Energy said yesterday the illegal quarrying on San Fernando Hill appears to be excavation works related to the expansion of a commercial property.
In a release yesterday the ministry said its preliminary findings are based on investigations by a team of officers from the ministry, who reported the excavation to be “connected to the development work related to the construction of a commercial property”.
The ministry added that no licence for mining has been granted to anyone or any entity for quarrying at that site or in the vicinity of San Fernando Hill, and will continue to monitor the situation.
Yesterday San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein said City Police had visited the site, on the compound of a wholesale, import/export business, and found that activities relating to the removal of gravel were taking place in an area cordoned off by galvanised roofing sheets. He said the loads of gravel were being stockpiled at a site near the Marabella Police Station.
San Fernando Hill is a protected zone under the National Parks and Protected Areas plan of 1980 and all quarrying on the Hill is illegal.